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Bustan Abraham

Benjamin Brinner

in Playing across a Divide

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195395945
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852666 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395945.003.0005
Bustan Abraham

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Bustan Abraham also brought together Jewish and Arab musicians, but differed greatly in constitution and focus. He issued recordings at a steady pace of one CD every two years or so. The eponymous Bustan Abraham appeared in 1992, less than a year after the band formed. The second album, Pictures Through the Painted Window, included one song, performed by three guest artists, in Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish. His recordings all appeared under the imprint of Avshalom Farjun's company, Nada Productions. Judging by newspaper reviews, repeat invitations, the musicians' accounts, and my own observations, the band's performances were well received inside Israel and abroad, gaining a loyal fan base in Israel and considerable recognition outside. Bustan hoped to bring the Israeli musical scene to the center of the world stage by presenting an example for the world, and for Jews and Arabs in particular.

Keywords: Bustan Abraham; Painted Window; Hebrew; Arabic; Spanish; Avshalom Farjun; musical scene; Jews

Chapter.  8033 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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